Clinical Diagnostics - BIOS5250

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Jill Shepherd checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to clinical biochemistry and cellular pathology, and molecular pathology. Students learn about the principles of and procedures for a wide variety of techniques employed in modern laboratory medicine. Students practice integration and practical application of this knowledge throughout the module using diagnostic case study analyses. The clinical biochemistry section is organised anatomically. The cellular and molecular pathology section is organised according to laboratory medicine specialities, with particular emphasis placed on the detection and diagnosis of cancer in the NHS. Quality assurance, governance and regulatory systems relevant to UK laboratory medicine are introduced.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 31
Total Private Study Hours: 119
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

• Practical Report (1,500 words) – 40%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Both the Practical Report and the examination are compulsory sub-elements and must be passed to complete the module.

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a cogent understanding of the working practices in the United Kingdom National Health Service and the role of a Biomedical Scientist;
2. Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the general techniques used in Clinical Biochemistry and their use in the assessment of disease;
3. Demonstrate significant knowledge and understanding of the general techniques used in Cellular Pathology and application to the assessment of disease and potential treatment strategies.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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